Evangeline Lilly will next be starring in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and next year’s third installment The Hobbit: There and Back Again, parts two and three of the prequel to the hugely successful Lord of the Rings trilogy. On the big screen Lilly can be seen starring opposite Hugh Jackman in Reel Steel, opposite Jeremy Reiner in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, and co-starring with John Malkovich in Afterwards, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.
Evangeline Lilly was discovered in Kelowna, British Columbia by a Ford Talent agent. Six months later, she moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia and study international relations. After appearing in a few commercials, she chose to give up acting and focus on her studies. Two years later, however, a friend urged her to give acting another try. She soon landed the part of a corpse in episodes of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and the film The Long Weekend.
In January, 2004, Lilly landed her first speaking role in a television series when she was cast as “Kate” in ABC’s hit show, Lost. Created by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber, Lost won the 2006 Golden Globe Award® for Best Television Drama Series as well as the Screen Actor’s Guild Award® for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Lilly was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress in a Drama Series and received a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Lilly is wholeheartedly devoted to philanthropy, traveling and gaining a higher knowledge of various cultures around the world. She has been a volunteer for children’s projects since the age of 14 and during college founded and ran a world development and human rights committee. Later, she spent three weeks living in a grass hut in the jungles of the Philippines.
Fluent in French, Lilly loves reading, writing, painting, music, nature, staying active, learning and travel.